The World Is Watching: Media Attacks Obama’s ‘Soviet-style’ Publicity Policy

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

Obama’s Soviet-style Media Control. Photo by Official State-Approved Photographer Pete Souza/The White House

Major media organizations protest against being shut out of president’s events in favor of official photographer

 writes:  Barack Obama’s White House has been accused of producing Soviet-style propaganda by press photographers who are furious at being denied access to the US president.

Mr Obama’s aides routinely block independent photographers from capturing him at work, before distributing flattering pictures shot by Pete Souza, his official photographer.

During a tense meeting at the White House, the practice was described by Doug Mills, a veteran photographer for The New York Times, as “just like TASS,” the Soviet Union state news agency.

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